It’s difficult being different in Pakistan. It’s difficult everywhere, but it’s a whole new freakshow here, where everyone strives to fit in the mold. Growing up is synonymous with becoming like everyone else. If your opinions aren’t as backwards and outdated as everyone else’s, and you haven’t grown to be a cynical, monotonous fuck, then you, dear sir or madam, are immature. You don’t belong in the real world. More than that, you are blasphemous. Unholy. You could even get killed for it. Just ask Qandeel Baluch.
Not saying Qandeel Baluch is the epitome of brilliance and genius. The girl was what she was, not trying to make her out to have a greater agenda, or a mastermind who was secretly trying to give us all a message (like fucking Dumbledore). No, she wanted money, and videos was how she could make it. What should make us all ashamed (well, not me. I was always supportive of her.) You should though. All you men and women shaming her on her videos or telling her ‘you’ll pray for her’, trying to overcompensate for your small penises or lack of any objective moral code of your own) is that we allowed a girl making videos to become an icon for free speech and women empowerment. Why the fuck did we even create such a situation that a girl expressing herself became a fucking revolutionary act? How the hell are we so intolerant that a woman dancing becomes an act of her risking her life, an act which makes the blood of fuckboys and shitgirls boil?
Let me tell you why this wasn’t just a fucking case of thievery and murder. Why Qandeel Baluch (probably unwittingly) is a feminist icon. It’s because you, all you disco mullahs and jeans-wearing mullanis, made her into one. If we lived in a liberal society, a woman dancing on a camera wouldn’t have been a big deal. People would’ve ignored her if she was boring and focused on their girlfriends or wives or boyfriends or husbands, or fans of classical dance might’ve appreciated her (lol, who am I kidding). A woman exercising her freedom and expression wouldn’t have been a sensation because she’s doing whatever the hell she wants and not hurting anybody, the way it should be. If that offends your moral sensibilities, fuck you. I don’t get offended by your burkini or whatever the fuck that is, so you should shut the hell up. I pray (to the Lord of Light) that one day, people like Qandeel Baluch aren’t feminist icons, because Qandeel Baluchs wouldn’t be murdered or threatened. Qandeel Baluchs wouldn’t be targeted or shamed. A woman’s body wouldn’t become a vessel through which people base their morality on. And the act of dancing won’t be feminist anymore, because you wouldn’t be risking your life for doing it.